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University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Performance Award

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum award recognizes high standards of care

ELYRIA, OH – University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. UH Elyria Medical Center is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes UH Elyria Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“UH Elyria Medical Center is proud of its recognition as a Platinum Performance Achievement Award winner. Our dedicated staff members work tirelessly to care for some of the most seriously ill patients and their families, and this award affirms that we are providing the highest quality care,” said Don Schiffbauer, Director of Clinical Operations at UH Elyria Medical Center. “Through careful coordination between our cardiovascular team, emergency department and EMS providers, we are able to implement the registry’s guidelines, thereby enabling us to improve patient outcomes and save the lives of heart attack patients.”

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, UH Elyria Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, UH Elyria Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, Chair, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, UH Elyria Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

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